Sensory Perceptions

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Critical Thinking - PHI 210 “Sensory Perceptions”
9 July 2010


“Sensory Perceptions” The body’s senses are the input devices of the human computer known as the brain. These senses, touch, sight, smell, sound and taste, are only as effective as the human brain can process the information. The accuracy of these inputs can easily be deceived when the senses conflict or not interpreted as intended. Like any other computer, the information being processed and stored is only as good as the information was input (garbage in, garbage out). Sensory information is almost always
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In either case, sensory data is obtained through the nurturing process and the only question that remains undetermined is what, if any information we may be born with. “Fast-growing understanding of the human genome has recently made it clear that both sides are partly right” (Powell, 2010). As we age, our perceptions and incite grow and help to interpret sensory data. There have been several instances where children display an incredible wealth of knowledge at a very early age which

may lend some credence to the idea that we are born with some information already. “While knowledge comes from sensory information, we have inherited the ability to categorize sensory information with respect to time, space and causality” (Csongradi). In conclusion, sensory data is subject to interpretation and can be deceiving. Development of individual awareness will improve accuracy of information over time. Whether you believe in the natural or nurtured development of the senses, nurtured will always be in effect as continued learning and awareness helps to improve our perception and reduce our deception.


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